The Best Boba Near You

Squishy tapioca balls and creamy sweet milk tea have been an obsession since they originated from Taiwanese street vendors. Bubble tea, or boba, was invented in the late ’80s, most likely in Taipei, according to Food and Wine. It has slowly made its way from the Taiwanese night markets to the cities and communities around us today.

Going out for boba is a common way students will spend their time together. We’ve rounded up a couple of the best boba shops in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas based on the high quality teas, great textured boba, and aesthetic looks.

T-Milk, Orange

Address:

162 N Glassell St #A, Orange, CA 92866

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 11AM-10PM

Friday-Saturday: 11AM-10PM

Phone number:

714-912-4193

Instagram:

@tmilkboba

T-milk’s Tiramisu Milk Tea, the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Photo by Julia Ha

If you don’t have a car and are desperately craving boba, T-Milk is ready to serve you! Located inside the Orange Circle across from The Pie Hole, T-Milk serves unique and diverse toppings such as chia, caramel boba, egg pudding, yogurt jelly, coffee jelly, and red bean to add flavor to any boba drink of your choice.

 Zero Degrees, Westminster

Address:

9822 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12PM-11PM

Saturday – Sunday: 11AM-11PM

Phone number:

714-838-8664

Instagram:

@zerodegressco

Zero Degrees serve all kinds of drinks including a variety of toppings.
Photo by Jasmine Liu

Have a hard time making decisions? Zero Degrees allows you to pick two flavors and puts it in a split cup so you get the best of both worlds. Don’t forget to check out their trendy food as well; from Hot Cheetos cheese fries to popcorn chicken, you may have a hard time choosing between those as well.

 Pulp Juice Bar, Orange

Address:

1525 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7AM-8PM

Sunday: 8AM-7PM

Phone number:

714-771-4400

Instagram:

@pulpjuicebaroc

An oolong milk tea boba served in their signature bag.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

This boba is made fresh by the baristas in a cute little bag instead of a cup. Aside from boba, Pulp Juice Bar also serves fresh juice, smoothies, and acai bowls. All you need to do is sit down in one of the comfy couches, play some board games, and enjoy your drink!

Omomo Tea Shoppe, Irvine

Address:

5365 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604

Hours:

Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 11AM-10PM

Tuesday: Closed

Phone number:

949-861-8828

Instagram:

@omomoteashoppe

Omomo’s matcha cortado and milk tea with tiramisu cream boba.
Photo Courtesy of Jasmine Liu

Not only are Omomo’s boba drinks very Instagram worthy and pleasing to the eye, but their tiramisu and cheese foam will add the perfect sweet and creamy flavor to your drink of choice. Their most popular combinations are Ceylon Milk Tea with Tiramisu foam and Matcha Latte with Cheese foam.

Little Fluffy Head, Downtown LA

Address:

203 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 11AM-10PM

Phone number:

213-266-8495

Instagram:

@littlefluffyhead

 

Matcha boba with cheese foam and oolong boba tea with cheese foam.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

If you happen to be exploring the artsy murals and streets of Downtown LA, stop by Little Fluffy Head for the best cheese foam. It’s like a cheesecake in boba form; what could be better?

Roasting Water, Garden Grove

Address:

12035 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30AM-10PM

Friday – Saturday: 7:30AM – 11PM

Sunday: 9AM-10PM

Phone number:

657-233-5927

Instagram:

@roasting_water

 

Roasting Water’s milk tea, coffee, and thai iced tea bobas in their signature bottles.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

Roasting Water is a cute and aesthetically pleasing boba shop in the area. They are most well-known for their unique presentation. Not only does the boba drinks taste amazing, but your order comes in a reusable glass or plastic bottle with cute seasonal designs.

Ding Tea, Tustin

Address:

13820 Red Hill Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 11AM-10PM

Friday- Saturday: 11AM-11PM

Phone number:

714-486-2987

Instagram:

@dingteaneardisney

Ding Tea’s most popular drink: signature milk tea with boba.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

Ding Tea is most well-known for their unique and tasty golden boba. They also have a wide selection of drinks, from milk tea, fruity tea, yakult, coffee, and hot drinks.

Sharetea, Santa Ana

Address:

3940 S Bristol St #113, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 12PM-10PM

Friday – Saturday: 12PM-11PM

Phone number:

657-266-0111

Instagram:

@sharetea

Sharetea’s passion fruit tea with boba, black tea, black milk tea, and strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and icecream. Photo by Julia Ha

Besides already being perfectly sweet, a perk is you are able to choose the sweetness of your drink and amount of ice. Personalize it to make your boba worth your money!

Almond Haus, Garden Grove

Address:

12549 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9AM-10PM

Sunday: 9AM-9PM

Phone Number:

657-233-5140

Instagram:

@almondhauscafe

Not only does Almond Haus have one of the best boba drinks in the area, but they offer numerous dairy-free drinks such as almond milk tea, coconut thai milk tea, and more. Almond Haus is the perfect for people who love milk tea boba but prefer not to consume dairy.

Holiday Horror Stories: When ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ Gets Weird

Some students are excited to go home and reunite with their families for the holidays. Others…not so much. Some families are notorious for having disastrous experiences at gatherings, so certain students may have some difficulty getting excited. On the bright side, holiday horror stories provide “remember when” fodder for the next time everyone convenes!  Here are five Chapman students who have had holiday gatherings go south.

The Wannabe Elf

My mom and I were decorating the fresh Christmas tree my dad and I picked the day before. It’s our tradition to put the star on the tree together. Because this tree was so tall, my mom insisted on getting the ladder to place the star instead of standing on the couch as I usually do. I decided with star in hand to leap for the top of the tree. In what turned out to be an epic Elf move, I took the whole tree with me on my way down.

-Sarah Kaino, junior communications and theater major.

 

The Drunk Reveal

My family get-togethers have always been a little crazy, as drinking is part of it. When I was 15, my extended family on my dad’s side came for Christmas Eve. The dinner was going great until my very intoxicated uncle spilled that he secretly dated my dad’s ex after college. My uncle thought it was hilarious but my dad started yelling at him, creating a screaming match between the two of them. My mom ended up storming out of the dining room and it was just silent for a good 10 minutes.

-Melissa Olsen, sophomore strategic corporate communication major.

 

 

Canine Christmas Saboteurs

My parents bought my siblings and I baskets filled with chocolate, cookies and all that good sweet stuff. Some of the treats were baked by my grandma from Japan so those baskets were really special. On Christmas morning, we woke up to chocolate… everywhere. My four dogs murdered the baskets, the crumbs and sweets stained all the carpets. My parents were not too happy about cleaning chocolate stains on Christmas.

-Stephanie Parish, freshman history major.

 

The Wandering Geese

My family and I were going to a ski resort the week before Christmas. We trudged through snow for 20 minutes to get to our resort cabin. The door for our cabin would not budge and we pushed on it for a good five minutes. When a woman opened the door, we realized we went to the wrong cabin. The woman didn’t even flinch when she saw all of us in puffy jackets standing outside her door. She invited us in for cocoa which was super nice! But after that, we realized we went the wrong way and had to walk another 40 minutes to get back to our cabin. By then we had lost all feeling in our toes, hands, and faces.

-Riley Kendall,  junior biochemistry major.

 

Extra Brandy for the Extra Family

My aunt was making sangria for Thanksgiving. Our family likes sangria and family get-togethers are a good excuse for it. Her recipe calls for brandy and she poured in a whole jug. But the pomegranate juice disguised the taste, so people drank it like fruit juice. My family tends to let out all their problems when they’re drunk. They rambled about their childhood and blamed each other for their present problems. Oh – and I threw up.  

-Axl Avenue, sophomore strategic and corporate communications major.